June 15, 2020 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

What is elder abuse?

Elder abuse is the improper treatment of older adults, undermining their health or wellbeing, to unfairly or improperly gain an advantage or benefit over them. Elder abuse can include physical, emotional, financial or sexual abuse. With the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15th, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CPNEA) hopes to shine a light on this important social issue.

What can you do?

Elder abuse is recognized as an international social and public health issue by the United Nations, and WEAAD has been observed worldwide since 2006. Communities across the globe honour this day with events to share information and to promote services and resources that can help increase the safety of seniors.

The theme of this year’s WEAAD is “Uproot Elder Abuse, Plant a Seed for Change.”

The CNPEA has asked participants to share their gardening photos and videos on social media to symbolize the connection between the treatment of older adults and environmental crises. In times of disasters, elderly people become the most vulnerable, as they usually have less access to the resources they need for help. In the race for countries to revitalize their economies and remedy what’s been ravaged by unpredictable disasters, older adults may be left behind.

The CNPEA has also asked participants to wear purple to honour survivors of elder abuse and raise awareness about the issues facing older adults. By speaking openly about this issue, the CNPEA hopes people of all ages will feel empowered to take a stand against ageism and elder abuse.

This June 15th, be sure to wear your purple, uproot elder abuse and help plant a seed for change.

To find more information about participating in WEAAD, or the resources available to help, visit the CNPEA’s webpage.

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